A lenitive compilation of vuvuzela coverage
|photo via the Dundas Football Club|
Oh my god. The vuvuzela. Let's get this over with.
There's been as many stories printed about the vuvuzela as there has been about the actual World Cup; some heartbreaking, some ridiculous, most completely useless. These aren't.
Prince William can't toot his own horn
The Daily Record:
Prince William acted like any World Cup mad football fan yesterday when he tried - and failed - to blow a vuvuzela.
The 27-year-old royal was keen to have a shot when he was handed it on a visit to Botswana.
But the prince found himself outperformed by a tiny 11-year-old boy who made such a loud noise, he forced Wills to stick a finger in his ear.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu says blow that twaddle
"Twak, twak! Absolute twaddle," said Tutu.
"You've come to SA and you are going to enjoy everything that's South African. I say blow them even louder."
Vuvuzelas are dangerous, even to South Africans
The Daily News:
She said a co-worker gave her the horn and she brought it along to watch South Africa's opening match with Mexico. She admits she was "blowing it as hard as I could."
"At first I thought I'd gone down with a bug, but the next day it was worse. When I went to the doctor, he took a look and then laughed," she told the Daily Mail.
"He said I'd ruptured my throat by blowing too hard, and that perhaps I had been doing it all wrong."
Neil van Schalkwyk, who brought the vuvuzela to the mass market has partnered with Uthango Social Investments to sell ear plugs to fans for R25 a pair.
Stop ruining vuvuzela concerts with your boring sport
Members of the South Africa Vuvuzela Philharmonic Orchestra, widely considered to be among the best large-scale monotonic wind instrument ensembles in the world, told reporters Friday they were furious over the recent outbreaks of international soccer matches during their traditional outdoor concerts.
"I cannot imagine what is getting into these football teams that they would suddenly begin full-scale international competition just when we are beginning our 2010 concert series," said Dr. Stefan Coetzee, the Philharmonic's program and concert director. "It is disrespectful to the performers, it is disrespectful to the music itself, and by extension, it is disrespectful to the great nation of South Africa."
The redemption of the vuvuzela
Contrary to rumour, the vuvuzela probably doesn't increase the transmission rate of tuberculosis.
Airborne diseases are rather a big problem in South Africa, with TB one of the deadliest, and some have suggested that honking into a plastic trumpet may not be the safest way of minimising infection.
The number of aerosols formed when a vuvuzela is blown is, apparently, a thing to behold. But most experts say blowing the horn is no bigger a health risk than shouting.
Hating vuvuzelas is racist? No, this guy is an idiot.
via the Gothamist:
Even the Chinese aren't safe from a constant B-flat
Wall Street Journal:
"I was awakened at three in the morning by great noises from the neighborhood. Then I found some people blowing vuvuzelas long and loud, as Brazil has just scored one goal," a man from China's coastal Zhejiang province told local media, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The vuvuzela was created by a Baptist prophet? Yep
A South African church reached a deal with a vuvuzela maker acknowledging that their prophet in 1910 invented the horn that has become the sound of the World Cup, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The Nazareth Baptist Church says its founder Isaiah Shembe invented the monotone instrument a century ago using antelope horns, which his followers used in prayers.
"We are now considered as the official makers of the vuvuzela. We are going to work together," said the church's spokesman Enoch Mthembu.
The vuvuzela illustrates our connected world
Both the popularity of the vuvuzela and the moves to ban it are a simple illustration of a bigger issue: the role that local rules play in promoting or hindering the spread of new ideas.
Some of the biggest gains from globalization come from the spread of ideas through television, the Internet, international travel, trade and investment. These carry with them information about new ways of doing things, though the rapidity with which a new idea spreads depends on local rules. Some of them are easy to understand, as in the case of the vuvuzela bans while others are more complicated because of the variety of special interests involved.
How to get rid of that fucking sound
Mullarkey made his World Cup debut in last week's Group H match between Spain and Switzerland.
He told BBC Devon: "When we're doing our training exercises Fifa are actually playing recorded sounds of vuvuzelas through the speakers.
"For three hours a day we're exposed to that sound which helps preparation."